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Telecommunications

  • October 21, 2010

    Sharp, HP, Others Sued Over Cell Phone Patents

    Intellect Wireless Inc. has accused Hewlett-Packard Co., Sharp. Corp. and other electronics makers of violating two patents for picture text messaging technology on cell phones, PDAs and pagers.

  • October 20, 2010

    Rakuten Asks JFTC To Probe Google-Yahoo Japan Deal

    Japanese Internet shopping giant Rakuten Inc. has asked Japan's antitrust watchdog to investigate a planned search engine partnership between Yahoo Japan Corp. and Google Inc., saying that the tie-up could hinder competition in the Internet services market in Japan.

  • October 20, 2010

    Acer, MicroUnity Settle Cell Phone Patent Suit

    Acer Inc. has reached a settlement with MicroUnity Systems Engineering Inc. in a patent infringement suit over media processing technology used in cell phones.

  • October 19, 2010

    Chicago Office Under Fire For No-Bid Radio Contract

    Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications improperly routed a $23 million contract for a digital radio system to a vendor — reportedly Motorola Inc. — and justified the sole-source deal by pointing to earlier, similar contracts with the same vendor, according to the city's Office of the Inspector General.

  • October 18, 2010

    Small Biz Agency Can Keep Records Private: 9th Circ.

    The U.S. Small Business Administration does not have to turn over cell phone records to an advocacy group that is trying to prove the agency conspires to steer small business contracts to large companies, according to a federal appeals court.

  • October 18, 2010

    Sharp, Philips End 3G Patent Scrap Against Motorola

    Motorola Inc. has reached a settlement with plaintiffs Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV and Sharp Corp. in a suit over eight patents the defendant previously licensed for cell phones that use 3G wireless technology.

  • October 15, 2010

    SiRF Fires Back At Broadcom's GPS Patent Claims

    SiRF Technology Inc. has shot back at Broadcom Corp.'s claims that the wireless technology company's GPS devices infringe its patents, requesting sanctions in Broadcom's U.S. International Trade Commission action and launching a second patent infringement suit against Broadcom.

  • October 14, 2010

    Lochner Hits Hitachi, Others With Computer Patent Suit

    Patent-holding company Lochner Technologies LLC continues to assert its patent for wireless computer systems, accusing a variety of high-tech companies, including Hitachi Ltd., NCR Corp. and Tech Data Corp., of illegally using its technology.

  • October 14, 2010

    Fed. Circ. Won't Review Sprint's $2.8M Patent Suit Loss

    A federal appeals court has declined to re-examine its earlier ruling backing a $2.78 million verdict against Sprint Nextel Corp. and finding that Enovsys LLC did have standing to bring claims related to two patents for a cell phone privacy system.

  • October 13, 2010

    Skadden Reps Broadcom In $316M Beceem Buy

    Broadcom Corp. announced Wednesday that it has agreed to pay $316 million to acquire Beceem Communications Inc., a developer of fourth-generation wireless platform solutions.

  • October 13, 2010

    House Bill Sets Deadline For Networx Transition

    Fed up with years of delay, lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives have authored legislation setting a May 31 deadline for federal agencies to begin acquiring telecommunications and networking services under the Networx program of contracts, the largest telecom project in federal history.

  • October 12, 2010

    T-Mobile Wants Phone Insurance Class Action Stayed

    T-Mobile USA Inc. and Asurion Corp. are hoping to delay a class action brought by customers who claim they were misled about the price of cell phone insurance plans, pending a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that may change the way California handles class action waivers.

  • October 11, 2010

    Apple's Summary Determination Bid Nixed In 337 Spat

    The U.S. International Trade Commission administrative law judge overseeing a probe into whether Apple Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd. ran afoul of U.S. trade law by importing and selling phones and wireless devices that infringe an Eastman Kodak Co. patent has rejected Apple's bid for summary determination of noninfringement.

  • October 11, 2010

    R2 Cries Foul Over Citadel's Stock Grants To Execs

    R2 Investments LDC has accused the formerly bankrupt radio firm Citadel Broadcasting Corp. of violating its restructuring plan by paying $110 million in equity to management as opposed to handing out longer-term stock options.

  • October 11, 2010

    Sirius Dodges Spansion's IP Suit Over Flash Chips

    A judge at the U.S. International Trade Commission has declined Spansion Inc.'s request to add Sirius XM Radio Inc. and other companies to a patent infringement investigation over flash memory chips.

  • October 8, 2010

    Cisco Escapes False Marking Suit Over Cable Boxes

    Promote Innovation LLC has agreed to dismiss a false marking qui tam suit it brought against Cisco Systems Inc. and Cisco subsidiary Scientific Atlanta LLC, just one of several such suits the company has brought against industry giants in recent months.

  • October 8, 2010

    Invalidity Of Acacia Patents Affirmed By Fed. Circ.

    A federal appeals court has upheld the invalidity of five patents related to audio and video transmission technology that Acacia Media Technologies Corp. asserted in multidistrict litigation against DirecTV Group Inc., Time Warner Cable Inc. and more than three dozen other media companies.

  • October 8, 2010

    Sipco Sues AMX, Others Over Energy Management IP

    Wireless mesh network company Sipco LLC has accused SmartSynch Inc., AMX Corp. and other companies that offer home energy management products of infringing its patents for wireless network and remote control technology.

  • October 8, 2010

    Miami Heat Sues Clear Channel Over Broadcast Deal

    The Miami Heat LP has accused Clear Channel Broadcasting Inc. of breaching a contract for the radio broadcast of the professional basketball team's games, with the Heat claiming it's owed the same perks the Miami Dolphins secured in a separate radio deal with the media giant.

  • October 8, 2010

    MobilOpsis Says IPhone Infringes Networking Patent

    MobilOpsis Inc. has filed a lawsuit claiming that Apple Inc.'s iPhone infringes its wireless network computing patent.